Misery, hopelessness grip Museveni rallies


People of Alebtong district listening to President Museveni at a rally


Graphic images captured at President Yoweri Museveni’s rallies show the wretchedness and misery that people of northern region have had to endure for over 30 years now.

The Oxford Dictionary explains misery as a state or feeling of great distress or discomfort of mind or body.

Wretchedness is then the extreme state of unhappiness, desolation or dejection.

Pictures taken from Akuru primary school grounds in Alebtong district show faces of men and women who gave up hope a long-time ago.

One of the pictures show a man wearing a Museveni T-shirt and looking as miserable as the word can mean.

His village mates in the picture all wear gloomy faces as if they were attending a funeral instead of being excited to see their president in the area.

Another equally tear-evoking picture shows a desperate mother holding a baby while another woman holds her cheek in her palms to express the extent of the sadness she feels.

The baby is hungry but the mother can only let it suck at her thumb since there is nothing to offer it.


Ironically, the mother is wearing a T-shirt with Museveni’s portrait asking her to “vote Museveni” back into power after 30 years.

When he did speak to them, the president promised to buy sanitary pads for the girls of school going age.

Earlier, the president’s convoy was stuck in impassable roads in the same district.

In his speech, Museveni talked about how he had boosted infrastructure yet roads in Alebtong are still narrow and inaccessible.

The situation calls to memory The Wretched of the Earth, a 1961 book by Frantz Fanon, a psychiatric and psychologic analysis of the dehumanising effects of colonization upon the individual, and the nation, from which derive the broader social, cultural, and political implications inherent to establishing a social movement for the decolonization of a person and of a people.

It discusses the personal and societal mental health of the peasantry and how those in power have ignored the welfare of the people in pursuit of personal glory and riches.

Responding to this state of wretchedness, a Guyanese poet, Martin Carter, said that all that such people could do is to “sleep not to dream, but dream to change the world/their situation”.

It is not clear whether this misery seen in the pictures only stops in Alebtong district or many other parts of the country.

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